With winter on its way it's time to reflect on another fantastic A Quick Release Holidays guiding season with Ian & Kate Potter...
It has been another busy year on the bikes for Ian and I guiding, coaching and exploring new A Quick Release Holiday ideas in what has been our 17th year of operating AQR. You might think it's time to treat ourselves to a holiday too, but we’re already planning and preparing for the 2019 A Quick Release Holidays season as enquiries and bookings are already coming through to the AQR inbox. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though we would like to recap on what AQR got up to in 2018...
A QUICK RELEASE HOLIDAYS PORTUGAL MOUNTAIN BIKE WEEK
Ian & I love returning to the Algarve every March to guide the A Quick Release Holidays Mountain Bike weeks. Portugal is the perfect winter escape! The thermal layers are laid to rest and the mountain biking spring attire comes out to play. As always it’s an absolute pleasure catching up with guests we have guided in the past. In 2018 we had nearly a full crew of mountain bike riders who Ian and I have guided at some point in the last 17 years. We played on the single track, giggled and splashed our way through river crossings and made the most of the cake and coffee stops available on every mountain bike ride. 2019 A Quick Release Holidays Mountain Bike weeks to Portugal are almost full! If you're interested in the final few spaces left contact AQR.
More Information and dates are available HERE!
Here is what a couple of the guests had to say about their AQR Holidays Mountain Bike week experience in Portugal -
Thanks Kate, it was such a great mountain bike holiday and I will definitely do it again. I'm not very eloquent with quotes but I would just like to say along with the great people I think the variation in the mountain bike riding was just perfect and made the holiday.
There was enough techy trails to keep my partner challenged but not so much that I felt terrified and excluded. It really is a mountain bike holiday for anyone who likes riding bikes and wants to get their season started...(Portugal 2018, Marie)
This week was one of the best mountain bike experiences in my life. I did not know what to expect. From the minute that I have arrived in Alte, Ian and Kate took me under their wing and started coaching.They did an assessment of my skill level and what skills I lacked and immediately started coaching. I had so much more confidence on the bike and have received so many useful mountain bike tips to increase my mountain biking skills. Our group was magic, we had wonderful laughs and were also there to give one another support and motivation. I have learned so much about myself, by pushing my boundaries. Sometimes you are amazed what you actually discover about yourself after a day charged with learning new skills not only on your bike but also how to compose yourself throughout. The AQR Holidays week in Portugal is highly recommended, mostly because of Ian an Kate that lead the group with so much knowledge and passion. (Portugal 2018, Almarie)
LUCHON PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE HOLIDAYS
From June-October 2018 A Quick Release Holidays organised a variety of mountain bike weeks for all abilities and coaching sessions from our base in Luchon in the French Pyrenees. There have been mountain bike groups interested in enduro style trail riding, cross country climbing challenges, as well as down-hill action from top of the Superbagneres. There have also been record number of guests taking advantage of Ian & Kate's mountain bike coaching. 2019 dates have now been confirmed HERE!
NEW AQR HOLIDAYS VIDEO
Check out our NEW A Quick Release Holidays Mountain Bike video from a guided week in Luchon (French Pyrenees) in 2018. Special thanks to Anant for creating this video for AQR. Stay tuned for more videos showing off a few of our favourite mountain bike trails here in Luchon.
AQR COACHING TRAINING DAY 65 DEGREES
Ian and I were asked to organise a day of training for a group of ex-military men and women who were preparing to ride across the Munda Biddi Trail in Australia. The day involved Ian leading a session on trail side bike mechanics, followed by my talk on sports nutrition that addressed three aspects of the group's ultra endurance ride (1) The Preparation, (2) The Ride and (3) The Recovery. Ian and I then had the pleasure of been shown trails around the Comus area by Jonathan Turner the group leader. During the ride Ian and I conducted a variety of mountain bike skills coaching sessions to help riders be more in tune with their bike and more efficient on the trail. Ian and I felt very privileged to play a small role in helping this inspirational group of riders achieve their goal.
3 COUNTRIES TOUR
2018 marked the beginning of our new A Quick Release Holidays Road Cycling Tour – The 3 Countries Tour. The ride includes many of AQR Holidays favourite cols found in each country of the Pyrenees - France, Spain & Andorra, as well as less known roads that are equally as impressive. Check out Kate’s blog for a detailed description of the 2018 AQR 3 Countries tour. If you would like to book your place on the 2019 3 Countries Tour you can find more details HERE!
NEW AQR WEBSITE IS LIVE - www.aquickrelease.com
The new AQR Holidays website was launched in June and we couldn’t be happier. We still have loads of ideas on how we want to continue to improve the site, but for now we’re hoping it will be easier to navigate and find all the information you want when considering A Quick Release Holidays for your next mountain bike or road cycling holiday.
AQR BIKE CENTRE
Not only has the AQR website arrived, but so has the NEW AQR Bike Centre in Luchon. AQR are extending their premises so that our AQR guests can take advantage of a relaxing lounge area with complimentary coffee bar. There will also be a studio where Kate will teach her very popular ‘Body-Bike-Fit Awareness Classes’ and yoga, as well as the AQR office which will also include Kate's Nutritional Therapy Clinic.
AQR RENTAL FLEET
It has been an exciting year for Pyrenees Bike Hire and the AQR Mountain Bike Fleet. Firstly we had all the road frames upgraded to the latest colours. Furthermore we added more Cotic bikes in the latest models to the rental fleet. Both Ian & Kate also treated themselves to a new Cotic Bike. Ian chose the new Cotic Rocket, whilst Kate decided to stick with 29'' wheels and chose the Cotic Flare Max. Also great to see quite a few guests fall in love with their AQR rental Mountain Bike that they returned home and purchased their very own Cotic. Hiring a bike on holiday is a great way to find out if a bike suits you or not! Ian is also around to advise you on bike components and set up.
AQR are very grateful for the continued support of all the #AQR riders who love wearing the AQR colours and riding their bikes at events in the UK and internationally. We always welcome new AQR riders who would like to take advantage of the AQR rider benefits. If you are interested in representing AQR and meeting like minded riders please let AQR know.
CONFIRMED DATES FOR 2019
If you would like to join A Quick Release Holidays in 2019 here are some of the confirmed weeks below. If the dates below don't suit your holiday plans then check in with Kate as we can always create a special week on the bike especially for you and your friends.
9-16 March AQR Mountain Bike week Portugal (FULL)
16-23 March AQR Mountain Bike week Portugal (1 room left)
23-30 March AQR Mountain Bike week Portugal (2 rooms left)
18-25 May AQR Mountain Bike Pyrenees Trail for beginners & intermediate riders
1-8 June AQR Mountain Bike Pyrenees Trail XC & Enduro
8-15 June AQR Mountain Bike Pyrenees Trail XC & Enduro (FULL)
22-29 June AQR Mountain Bike week Trail XC & Enduro 'Couples week'
8-13 July AQR Mountain Bike Pyrenees Trail XC & Enduro
13-20 July AQR Tour de France Mountain Bike week
5-11 August AQR Family Mountain Bike week (FULL)
31 August – 7 September 3 Countries Cycling Tour
7-14 September AQR Mountain Bike Pyrenees Trail week (6 places left)
Well that's it for now! The 2019 A Quick Release Holidays guiding season doesn't feel too far away! Ian & I are looking forward to catching up with guests who have already booked their places for 2019 and meeting new AQR guests who may be experiencing Portugal or the Pyrenees for the first time.
As always if you have any questions about what AQR Holiday will suit you please let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org